Visiting Moorrinya safely
From Townsville, travel south-west for 296km to Torrens Creek on the Flinders Highway. Moorrinya National Park is about 90km south of Torrens Creek on the Aramac Torrens Creek Road. If travelling from the south, the park is 180km north of Aramac, on the Aramac Torrens Creek Road. A directional sign marks the entrance to the park.
Access to the Shirley Shearing Shed camping area is marked by directional signs. From the entrance on the Aramac Torrens Creek Road, the track crosses Bullock Creek and travels for 6.5km through acacia and bluegrass communities. Turn right, just past the Shirley Homestead and travel 4.5km to a Y intersection. The camping area is 4.3km along the right-hand side road.
Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended to access the camping area as the tracks are rough and become impassable to conventional vehicles after rain. Vehicle access is not maintained within the stock route. The park may be closed during the wet season (November to April). Check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for road conditions and the Bureau of Meteorology for local weather information.
Moorrinya National Park has no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Your safety is our concern but your responsibility.
- Carry adequate drinking water. Treat water collected from creeks.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Wear sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a long-sleeved shirt, even on cloudy days.
- Wear insect repellent, clothing and sturdy footwear to protect yourself from stings, scratches and bites.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes.
- Detour around snakes. Never provoke them.
- Dingoes and wild dogs are potentially dangerous. Do not approach or feed dingoes and stay in groups when walking.
- Beware of other road users. Vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians use access road in this park.
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Essentials to bring
To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit make sure you bring:
- a first-aid kit
- fresh water, as water is not provided
- sealable containers for rubbish as bins are not provided
- firewood—bring only clean, milled timber for use as firewood—collecting bush wood and kindling is prohibited
- a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
Moorrinya National Park is open 24 hours a day and is generally accessible from May to September. During the wet season (between November and April) the road into the park may be inaccessible. Visitors should check with the Department of Transport and Main Roads for road conditions and park alerts for up-to-date information.
Permits and fees
Domestic animals are not permitted in Moorrinya National Park.
Climate and weather
Days can be very hot between October and March, reaching average temperature of 31ºC to 35ºC , and occasionally exceeding 40ºC. Wet periods occur during this time which makes access difficult or impossible. Visit in the cooler months, from April to September, when daily temperatures average a more pleasant 27ºC. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Fuel and supplies
Fuel and basic supplies are available at Torrens Creek, about 90km north of the park. Charters Towers (about 250km north-east of Moorrinya) and Hughenden (about 178km north-west of Moorrinya) have a wider range of supplies. For more information, see the tourism information links.